Patriots practice halftime break at the Super Bowl

Reuters

Patriots coach Bill Belichick is trying to make this week as normal as possible, but he recognizes that the Super Bowl is a different sort of game. With a different halftime.

That’s why Belichick had a 31-minute break during Wednesday’s practice to simulate halftime on Sunday.

“Coach Belichick is a genius,” said Patriots running back Stevan Ridley told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “He’s special. That was coach Belichick doing his thing.”

We can’t recall a team ever doing this at the Super Bowl. The Patriots practiced an hour, took the break, then went back to work. They even had Belichick speak to them as if it was halftime.  (We’re not sure who was winning this simulated game.)

“That’s coach doing what he always does, practicing us like it’s a reality,” said Patriots running back Benjarvus Green-Ellis. “But a lot of guys are going to have to get their body used to that — stopping and starting again.”

15 responses to “Patriots practice halftime break at the Super Bowl

  1. Stuff like this seems desperate to me. Maybe it works, maybe it’s a waste of time. As a Giants fan I just want us to have good regular practices and go out there and play like we can at our best. Let the rest settle itself on the field and not worry about little things like this and preparing for them. Do what got us here.

  2. It’s 10:13 am and Brady is already pictured in 5 stories today. Is there a quota for the day you guys are trying to reach?

  3. That is pretty genious of him. 30 minutes means a lot of muscles getting tight, and that adrenolin rush will be long gone. Will take some extra work to get back into the game, and Bill knows this will be a tight one and any missed opportunity could be costly.

  4. Never heard of a team doing this, unlike the last Super Bowl between these 2 teams the Patriots are the less arrogant team. Starting to remind me of 2001, hope for the same outcome.

  5. I love BB to death but he’s not a genius. Geniuses cure cancer or write books about quantum physics or invent computers, they don’t coach football. (I loved BB’s dad Steve’s line when he was asked about BB being a genius so I elaborated on it here).
    He is an awesome coach though, very innovative for his profession. Maybe not the same way as coaches like Bill Walsh or Paul Brown or Tom Landry, but innovative.

  6. “rcb0424 says:
    Feb 2, 2012 10:22 AM
    Stuff like this seems desperate to me. Maybe it works, maybe it’s a waste of time. As a Giants fan I just want us to have good regular practices and go out there and play like we can at our best. Let the rest settle itself on the field and not worry about LITTLE things like this and preparing for them. Do what got us here.”
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    Not worry about the little things??? That, ladies and gents, is the difference between a Super Bowl coach and one who watches the Super Bowl at home, or a successful leader versus a failure. For the sake of the Giants, it’s a good thing rcb0424 is not coaching the team. They wouldn’t even have made it to the playoffs.

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